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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Keon Coleman (WR – Florida State)

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Keon Coleman (WR – Florida State)

FantasyPros will be taking a look at early NFL Draft scouting reports before the Combine in March. Here’s a look at Florida State receiver Keon Coleman.

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Keon Coleman

Keon Coleman (WR – Florida State)

6’4” – 215 lbs.

Background:

Three-star recruit who originally attended Michigan State. Played both basketball and football in high school, and did the same for the Spartans as a freshman as well. Was only a minor contributor that season (7-50-1), then stepped into the starting lineup the following year and posted 58-798-7 (13.8) before transferring to the Seminoles, where he has 50-658-11 (13.2) heading into bowl season.

Positives:

Very tall, well-built two-year starter who’s been productive for two different programs. Lines up both inside and outside, running routes to different levels and over the middle of the field. Big enough to mix things up at the line of scrimmage against press. Able to stay on his course through physical coverage. A human highlight reel who can make circus catches look easy. Presents a big target and can adjust to throws away from his frame, showing good flexibility. Locates and high-points throws aggressively. Generally shows good focus when targeted in tight coverage. Knows how to use his frame to shield defenders from the ball, and was often targeted on slot fades, back-shoulder throws, and other routes of that nature. Offers a very reliable pair of hands, with only five career drops. Looks relatively fast with the ball in his hands, and shows surprising elusiveness and plus vision. Competes hard after the catch, and the team often schemed him touches on screens and other such patterns to give him a chance in space. Consistently runs through arm tackles. Effective blocker with the functional strength and frame to hold up in the pros. Has some experience as a return specialist as well.

Negatives:

Game-to-game output has been very inconsistent, with six games under fifty yards. Route tree isn’t quite as diverse as some of the other top receivers in the class. May require a quarterback who’s willing to trust him in relatively tight coverage, at least until he learns to create more separation at the route stem. Doesn’t sink his hips consistently, and routes don’t have a ton of snap at the stem. Hasn’t been quite as good in traffic as his skillset would suggest, having caught just 10-of-30 contested catches this year (career 45.8%). Would like to see him work back to the ball more consistently, rather than letting it come to him. A couple of focus drops on relatively routine catches during the games reviewed.

Summary:

A somewhat difficult evaluation in that his actual game-to-game production has been relatively inconsistent, and he doesn’t generate consistent separation because of some route-running inefficiencies, but he has a huge frame and makes truly incredible highlight-reel grabs. Has number-one receiver upside, so someone will probably take a chance on him in the first round.

Projection: Round 1

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